what is d best form of trading 4 a newbie?

grubs50

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I just wanna know people's opinions about the best form of trading that suits somebody just starting out. Personally i have opted for spreadbetting cos of it's simplicity and lack of commisions to pay to brokers.
 

CityTrader

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Personally, I would have thought the chances of you making money in the first year or two, are pretty slim, so I would avoid spread betting - as spread bets have a wide spread to cover their costs and extra gaming revenue. And all that will happen is, you may end up losing money on what could have been a winning position due to the spread.
If you're going to trade indices use CFD's. If you're going to trade individual equities use a broker. Remember with the ammount of comm you pay.. you get what you pay for.
When and If you start to make money, and the capital gains tax becomes an issue- then look at SB.

Wayno
 

rglenn

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Spreadbets are fine to start with.

Try looking at the thread about Eurostoxxe Futures that is a great index future to trade for newbies like myself.

If you use the free information provided on these boards I can't see why you can't make some money in the first year.

I am sure I read somewhere where it is stated that you can't trade CFD until you have at least a years experience in spreadbetting or shares.
 

bonsai

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cfd's ?
and enough margin !

keep to spreadbetting
keep to the indices
keep it small
keep records

best of luck
 

grubs50

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i don't understand why experienced traders believe a newcomer has to lose money in his/her first year. It doesn't always have to be true 4 everybody. I'm very sure that there are a lot of newbies who started making profits in their first year so it's good to be realistic but negativity will not help anybody's confidence.
 

rglenn

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You are right there grubs50.

I wish they had monthly futures for the Eurostoxxe50 like most of the other indices- otherwise I would be cleaning up.

I have never lost money on the Eurostoxxe but I have lost money on all the other indices.
 

del

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rglenn,

As a novice the next question would be 'what method' do u use in trading the Eurostoxx?

I have opened a d4f spreadbetting account but am cautious of the potential pitfalls.

Regards,
Del.
 

rglenn

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There are many different ways of trading the Stoxxe but the method I use is fairly simple.

Wait until market increase or decrease by x no. of pts and then enter depending on which way it moved you enter a long or a short.

Once in the trade if the market does move against you slightly and the TA indicators states that the trend in your direction is good then add another half point or so in the same direction.

x no of points can be determined by the average increase or decrease in the index.
 

del

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Is this method/strategy based on a book, course or something you developed over time (trial and error)?

del.
 

rglenn

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Something I developed by studying the Stoxxe movements.

I have just closed out my long position today for another days profit.

I wish all the indexes was this easy.
 

rglenn

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Lambchops

My trades have been 100% so far but of course you will have to live with drawdowns at some stage until you get your expected profits.

Stoxxe50 futures are not traded monthly so not many trades to confirm long term viability.

A set up may go something like this.

Stoxxe future average fall over a day 40pts average rise 35pts.

During a trading day one of these figures are reached so you enter the trade long or short depending on the above.

You may find that it goes say 15pts against you so you add a small position of 1/2 a stake point to cover losses.

The trade then reverses and comes good for a profit of 20 to 30pts depending on your profit requirement.

Figures above are not actual figures just a scenario.

Don't forget to do your own research.

All the best
 

Gary777

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rglenn

Have you been trading the Stoxx with this method for very long?

Adding to a losing position sounds a bit dodgy. At what point do you stop adding and take the loss?

Thanks

Gary
 

rglenn

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Grubs50

Check out Helenq site at I think it is at WWW.Eurostoxxe50.co.uk

Gary777

The idea behind my method is to go with the long term trend so that if it does go against you it will come back in your favour eventually.

Of course some people are not happy with large drawdowns so you could set a maximum loss if you wish and close the trade- but I prefer to let mine run back into a profit.
 
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